Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme

A UN-HABITAT programme in cooperation with the European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat. Read more

Implementation Set-up

Broad-based implementation teams have been established at the global, regional, national, and city levels to support the management and coordination of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme. The programme recognizes that, in order to have a sustainable and long-lasting impact, it is necessary to give a role to major urban stakeholders, including target groups.



A core team located at the UN-HABITAT headquarters inNairobicoordinates the programme, with support from other sections and branches of the agency.The UN-HABITAT team also includes the three regional offices facilitating programme processes in the participating countries: Nairobi (Kenya), Fukuoka (Japan), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In addition, national and international short-term consultants are recruited as needed.


For the country implementation, UN-HABITAT Programme Managers and focal points from the regional offices, as well as Senior Human Settlement Officers in charge of the targeted countries, support the everyday management and coordination of the programme.


Global Steering Committee

The Global Steering Committee consists of representatives from the European Commission, the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States, and UN-HABITAT.


National Steering Committee and Country Teams

The National Steering Committee consists of the focal points from the key ministry, the selected cities, and the local government association, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations, informal and private sector associations, and the academic sector.


The Country Team supports the National Steering Committee and ensures coherence among national priorities, policies, and ongoing activities to avoid duplication.

In participating countries, UN-HABITAT National Officers (if they are in place) set up the Country Teams. During the first phase (involving urban sector profiling), each team consists of three experts – ideally from a national or local institution, university, or NGO – who cover the main thematic sectors of the urban profiles. This is to ensure that lessons learned and skills benefit the urban communities. During the second phase, depending on the agreed priority intervention, six to ten similar experts are needed.


Government ministries and local authorities

Relevant government ministries and local authorities have a significant role in the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme process. They are at the forefront of consultations and workshops. They are perceived to have an enabling role, as they are able to create conditions favourable to new urban development paradigms.


Partner groups

Low-income groups and civil society organizations

The primary partner group of the programme is comprised of low-income groups in selected slums, which include women, men, and children. These organizations cannot be considered a homogenous entity with “one voice”, but rather reflect a variety of differing opinions with collective interests and engagements.



The participation of academic institutions in the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme processes is important, as they are able to provide expertise in contextualizing the methodology to local conditions. In addition, they can often offer economic inputs to the local programme teams.


Additional funding partners

In-country UN-HABITAT Programme Managers or missions are exploring potential funding partners at the country level. Resource mobilization is important throughout the implementation process, as it ensures that pro-poor projects that directly target the urban poor will be realized.